Council welcomes A358 announcement 11082017

The Borough Council expressed its concern about the consultation, the route and the decision to consider only one option.

In its response to the consultation the Council said that while it welcomes the principle of improving the A358 it was concerned by the option put forward and by the consultation process.

The response concluded: “The Council expects the preferred route to provide an effective Henlade bypass, to provide a safe and convenient access to both Taunton and Nexus 25, and that the other concerns set out within this report are appropriately
addressed through proper engagement with the Council.”

Councillor John Williams, Leader of the Council, said: “We welcome Highways England’s decision for a second consultation on the proposed route of a new road connecting the A358 near West Hatch Lane with the M5 after listening to what so many people and organisations have said.

“I applaud the efforts put in by a lot of individuals and community organisations that have sent such a clear message to Highways England so driving this re-think.  It is great to hear that Highways England has recognised the need for further consultation and has provided this opportunity.

“This now offers the chance for a more detailed and informed look at how this strategic route can be improved.  This is crucial for our residents, businesses and visitors who all contribute to the prosperity of Taunton Deane.

“We look forward to seeing the proposed options when the supplementary consultation is launched later this year.”